Week Three, Individuals & Communities
We are about a quarter of the way through the 2018 session, and while we aren’t voting on a lot of bills yet, it was nonetheless a busy week.
Budget discussions are ongoing as fiscal conservatives, a minority in the Capitol, question why we always spend more and grow government every year.
A colleague of mine actually questioned a multimillion-dollar subsidy appropriation and couldn’t even get a straight answer as to how the money would be specifically spent.
Most of the budget, whether we agree on the spending or not, is quite detailed, but often with subsidies, they just dole out millions of your tax dollars with no plan, so unelected bureaucrats can spend it as they please.
Calling them out on this practice is the first step to bring more accountability to these departments.
I also spent time on my bills this week, and I’m excited to have introduced HB 742, otherwise known as “Ruby’s Law”. Ruby was a constituent’s dog who sadly died of cancer last year.
Maureen, who lives in Blairsville, contacted me while her dog Ruby was being treated. Apparently, veterinarians can’t temporarily omit the rabies shot, even if it’s going to harm the animal because of its health condition.
17 other states have laws allowing special temporary exceptions so animals aren’t harmed unnecessarily. Sadly, Ruby lost her battle with cancer, but hopefully, this law can help keep our beloved cats and dogs safe and alive in the future.
I have ten co-sponsors along with bipartisan support on the bill, and It was assigned to the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee. I should expect a hearing in the next couple weeks.
I’d also like to send a big THANK YOU to all the supporters of Constitutional Carry. This week“Georgia Gun Owners” and “Gun Owners of America” made a huge push for HB 156. Without your support, we wouldn’t be where we are, and it’s great to have you in the fight!
Speaking of communities coming together, I need your help, particularly those from Rabun County.
As many of you may know, there is a dangerous intersection on Hwy 441 in front of Ingles in Clayton, which resulted in the loss of life last year.
Everyone in the community is in agreement; we need a red light put in place for safety reasons.
If you want to help and have a personal experience about this intersection, please send me an email with your name, address, and why you think we need the red light.
I will be using those emails to convince the Department of Transportation of this need.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
And while you’re sending me an email, I am currently looking for bright and motivated children to serve as pages down at the Capitol.
This is a great opportunity for them to learn more about how our government works. It’s a day long, lunch and dinner are provided and they even get paid $10 for their work.
Simply send me an email if you’d like to sign up your child or have any question
Finally, on Wednesday I had the privilege to tour Emory’s Proton Therapy Center. Proton therapy is more precise than conventional forms of radiation treatment.
The proton beam delivers an exact, high dose of radiation to a tumor site while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs from damage.
It’s great seeing the innovation all around us, and it gives me a lot of hope to know that, despite all the negativity we see on TV, individuals are doing what they can to continually make Georgia, and our country, a better place.
As always, it’s an honor to serve.
Freedom & Prosperity,
Matt Gurtler (706) 490-2285